This could be an interesting week for the Yankees

I feel like we have been here before. The last couple of the seasons the Yankees had a solid start with different players coming through in the clutch.

And, then, things fell apart – or more that it just stays even.

New York has lost 7 of its last 8, and won just two games on its recent nine-game road trip. These two days off this week may very well be needed as it starts a six-game home stand followed by a seven-game West Coast road trip tomorrow. Their next day off is not until June 4.

This coming week could be an important one in the Yankees season. Two months in, and things start to potentially show how the Yankees are going to play for the rest of the season.

In 2013, the Yankees were 30-18 on May 31. Starting on June 1, they finished the season 54-53, a mediocre team.

Last season, New York was just average the entire time with a few moments where it looked better than just OK.… Click here to read the rest

Pedro Martinez for Mariano Rivera; imagine that

One of my favorite baseball bloggers, Jonah Keri, is in the process of writing (what I assume to be) another fantastic book which is scheduled for release in 2014. He’ll be focusing in on the history of the Montreal Expos — a team I often find myself rather awestruck by, given the plethora of talent they developed and traded away. Via Twitter, Keri released one particularly interesting tidbit discovered in his research for the book.

“How’s this grab you, Yankees fans? Before Expos dealt Pedro to Sox, Yanks made offer: Pedro for…Mariano Rivera. #ExposBook” (@jonahkeri)

Imagine if Expos GM, Jim Beattie, acquired Mariano instead of the agreed upon Red Sox package consisting of Carl Pavano and a player to be named later (Tony Armas). As blasphemous as it is to even contemplate Rivera wearing another uniform, would the move have made sense for the Yankees? Let’s consider.

The first point to remember is that this trade would have happened prior to the 1998 season. … Click here to read the rest

A brief reflection

I find it’s particularly easy at times to get lost in the vastness of baseball. The regular season goes on seemingly forever; all the while, it supplements our daily routine in a way no other sport is capable. As the months go by, injuries, hot streaks, heart breaking extra-inning losses and walk off wins all begin to blur together forcing profound moments into a largely irrelevant haze. Then the season ends in rather abrupt (albeit occasionally dramatic) fashion leaving us wondering how those 162 games of baseball disappeared so seamlessly. While our friends in Boston are desperately grasping for insight into how their season went astray, Yankee fans have fortunately been thrown into the frantic, more-often-than-not-heart-wrenching, yet-totally-welcomed plight that is the playoffs. If ever there was a time for us to take off our zen-baseball cap and not murmur the cheap cliché of “it’s a marathon, not a sprint”, it’d certainly be now.

October has arrived; and we watch. We watch with bated breath and fickle temper as each game promises an opportunity to feel anything on the emotional spectrum.… Click here to read the rest

Game Thread: Tigers vs. Yankees — Game 1 Cont’d, 10/1/2011 (8:37PM EST on TBS)

The rain came along and disrupted baseball last night. Let’s see if we can give this another go today in the continuation of Game 1.  Go Yankees!

Tonight’s Lineups:
1. Austin Jackson (R) CF
2. Magglio Ordonez (R) RF
3. Delmon Young (R) LF
4. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B
5. Victor Martinez (S) DH
6. Alex Avila (L) C
7. Ryan Raburn (R) 2B
8. Jhonny Peralta (R) SS
9. Brandon Inge (R) 3B

1. Derek Jeter (R) SS
2. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) 3B
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
6. Nick Swisher (S) RF
7. Jorge Posada (S) DH
8. Russell Martin (R) C
9. Brett Gardner (L) LF

And on the mound:
Doug Fister & Ivan NovaClick here to read the rest

2011 ALDS Preview, Part 6 | Game 2 1 Cont’d Starters: Ivan Nova vs. Doug Fister

What do they say about baseball? Oh, right Suzyn.

Well, this series has already taken a turn for the unexpected thanks to monsoon-like conditions in the Bronx (and basically everywhere else in the North East). In any event, Game 1 will resume tonight at 8:37pm EST in the bottom of the second inning. Update:  Game 2 has been postponed until 3:07pm EST Sunday (so much for an off day). Be sure to keep an eye on the weather (@Yankeesweather for those of you on Twitter), to see how things progress; as of now, I’m cautiously optimistic that the game will be played tonight.

If you haven’t checked out the previous installments of TYA’s official ALDS series already, you should probably get on it!

Part 1 | The 2011 Yankee offense, top to bottom
Part 2 | Head-to-Head Overall Team Numbers
Part 3 | ALDS Game 1 Starters: CC Sabathia v. Justin Verlander
Part 4 | The Tigers’ Lineup
Part 5 | Keys for the Yankees and Keys for the Tigers

Okay.… Click here to read the rest

Transitioning into the postseason; some observations

Over the past few days, we’ve been privy to some pretty enthralling baseball. As the final days of the season come to an end, the Sox, Rays, Cardinals, and Braves having taken center stage as they desperately fight for October admittance. With all of this added mania, I’ve found myself watching even more baseball than usual so I thought it’d be fun to take a few moments to jot down some observations.

1) Bizzaro Jesus

We are all well aware by now know of Jesus Montero. As it turns out though, the Sox have a “wicked good” hitting prospect of their own (who also happens to be a backstop), Ryan Lavarnway. His two monster homeruns yesterday couldn’t have been better timed as the Sox find themselves muddling through the final days of what has otherwise been an awful September. While Lavarnway doesn’t have quite the hype surrounding him that Jesus does, he certainly has caught some attention nevertheless. His power stroke is legitimate (.317 ISO in AAA), and he’s put together a very solid season in the minors (.295/.390/.612).… Click here to read the rest

Game Thread: Yankees vs. Blue Jays, 9/16/2011 (7:07PM EST on MY9)

The Yankees have crossed the border and are primed for yet another series against their northern neighbors.  At this point, the magic number is down to seven and the Yankees odds for reaching the postseason are listed at 100%.  Be sure to read TYA’s series preview if you haven’t already. 

On an unrelated note, the Rays face off against the Sox tonight in the second game of a four game bout that could very well determine this season’s AL wildcard team.  I’ve officially decided to cheer on the Rays; the hell with the Sox.  Anyway, use this as your game thread and have an enjoyable Friday!

Starting Lineups:
Input Yanks

1. Mike McCoy (R) SS
2. Eric Thames (L) LF
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH
5. Adam Lind (L) 1B
6. Brett Lawrie (R) 3B
7. Colby Rasmus (L) CF
8. J.P. Arencibia (R) C
9. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B

On the mound:
CC Sabathia & Dustin McGowan… Click here to read the rest

Game Thread: Yankees vs. Angels, 9/9/2011 (10:05PM EST on YES)

Friday night! Late night baseball (if you’re on the east coast that is). Let’s do it.

Today’s lineup (compliments of Baseballpress.com):

1. Derek Jeter (R) SS
2. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) 3B
5. Robinson Cano (L) 2B
6. Russell Martin (R) C
7. Andruw Jones (R) RF
8. Jesus Montero (R) DH
9. Brett Gardner (L) LF

1. Erick Aybar (S) SS
2. Howard Kendrick (R) 2B
3. Bobby Abreu (L) DH
4. Torii Hunter (R) RF
5. Mark Trumbo (R) 1B
6. Alberto Callaspo (S) 3B
7. Vernon Wells (R) LF
8. Peter Bourjos (R) CF
9. Jeff Mathis (R) C

And on the mound:
Bartolo Colon vs. Jared Weaver… Click here to read the rest

Game Thread: Blue Jays vs. Yankees, 9/2/2011 (7:05PM EST on YES)

What’s better than two consecutive series against inter-divisional rivals?  Three consecutive series!  Okay, not really.  But that’s still where we’re at as the Yankees host the Blue Jays for what feels like the gazillionth time.  Use this as your open thread for the evening.

Tonight’s lineup:

For the bad guys…

1. Yunel Escobar (R) SS
2. Eric Thames (L) LF
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF
4. Adam Lind (L) 1B
5. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH
6. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
7. Brett Lawrie (R) 3B
8. J.P. Arencibia (R) C
9. Mike McCoy (R) CF

For the good guys…

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
4. Robinson Cano (L) DH
5. Nick Swisher (S) 1B
6. Eric Chavez (L) 3B
7. Andruw Jones (R) RF
8. Russell Martin (R) C
9. Eduardo Nunez (R) 2B

And on the mound:

Brandon Morrow vs. Ivan NovaClick here to read the rest